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Anthropology and Museum Studies

College of the Sciences

Joseph Lorenz


Joseph Lorenz

Assistant Professor

B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1985
M.A. Anthropology, University of California, Davis, California, 1988
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Davis, California, 1995

Office: Dean Hall 334
Phone: 963-3448
Fax: 963-3215

Interests & Expertise

  • Genetic analysis of primate populations, forensic DNA analysis, evolution, using genetic data to trace population histories

Research Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, NJ, 2006 to 2008
  • Research Associate, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, NJ, 2003 to 2006
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, NJ, 2000 to 2003
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD, 1997 to 2000
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Analytical Genetic Testing Center, Denver, CO, 1995 to 1997


  • In Press.  Renato Robledo, Joseph Lorenz, Jeanne Beck, James Else and Patrick Bender.  Genetic analysis of putative familial relationships in a captive chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) population.  Collegium Antropologicum
  • In Press.  Matney T, Algaze G., Dulik MC, Erdal OD, Erdal YS, Gokcumen O, Lorenz J and Mergen H.  Understanding Early Bronze Age Social Structure Through Mortuary Remains: A Pilot aDNA Study From Titris, Houk, Southeastern Turkey.  International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
  • In Press.  John R. Johnson and Joseph G. Lorenz.  Genetics and the Castas of Colonial California.  In: Alta California: Peoples in Motion, Identities in Formation, 1769-1850, Steven W. Hackel, ed.  San Marino: Huntington Library
  • Submitted.  Kerry M. Dore, Trudy R. Turner, Joseph G. Lorenz, J. Paul Grobler.  Genetic Variability in Three South African Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops) Populations.  Human Biology.
  • Submitted.  Daria Sanna, Maria Pala, Piero Cossu, Gianluca Dedola, Sonia Melis, Giovanni Fresu, Laura Morelli, Domenica Obinu, Giancarlo Tonolo, Giannina Secchi, Riccardo Triunfo, Joseph G. Lorenz, Laura Scheinfeldt, Antonio Torroni, Renato Robledo, Paolo Francalacci.  Mendelian breeding units versus standard sampling strategies: mitochondrial DNA variation in southwest Sardinia.  Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • Submitted.  Joseph G. Lorenz, Paul Grobler, Kerry McAuliffe, and Trudy Turner.  Preserving Primate Biomaterials for Future Research: Field Research and the Integrated Primate Biomaterials and Information Resource.  In: Molecular Primatology (Anthony DiFiore, ed.).
  • 2008.  Dulik MC, Lorenz JG, Schurr TG.  Hasanlu ancient DNA pilot project.  In: Dyson R, de Schaudensee M, eds., Aspects of Peoples and Crafts in Period IVB at Hasanlu, Iran.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Press.
  • >2007.  Genetic analysis of early Holocene skeletal remains from Alaska and its implications for the settlement of the Americas.  B.M. Kemp, R.S. Malhi, J. McDonough, D.A. Bolnick, J.A. Eshleman, O. Rickards, C. Martinez-Labarga, J.R. Johnson, J.G. Lorenz, E.J. Dixon, T.E. Fifield, T.H. Heaton, R. Worl, D.G. Smith.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology.  132(4):605-21.
  • 2007.  Y Chromosome Variation in Island Melanesia.  Laura Scheinfeldt, Francoise Friedlaender, Jonathan Friedlaender, Krista Latham, George Koki, Tatyana Karafet, Michael Hammer, Joseph G. Lorenz.  IN: Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific: A Synthesis(Jonathan S. Friedlaender, ed.)  Oxford University Press.
  • 2006.  Unexpected NRY chromosome variation in Northern Island Melanesia.  Laura Scheinfeldt, Francoise Friedlaender, Jonathan Friedlaender, Krista Latham, George Koki, Tatyana Karafet, Michael Hammer, Joseph G. Lorenz.  Molecular Biology and Evolution 23(8):1628-41.
  • 2006.   John R. Johnson and Joseph G. Lorenz.  Genetics, Linguistics, and Prehistoric Migrations: An Analysis of California Indian mtDNA Lineages. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 26(1): 33-64.
  • 2006.  J. G. Lorenz, J. C. Long, M. Linnoila, D. Goldman, S. J. Suomi, J. D. Higley.  Genetic and other contributions to alcohol intake in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.  Mar, 30(3):389-98.
  • 2005.  Joseph G. Lorenz, Whitney E. Jackson, Jeanne C. Beck, R. Hanner.  The problems and promise of DNA barcodes for species diagnosis of primate biomaterials.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. B.  360(1462): 1869-1877.
  • 2004.  J. A. Eshleman, R. S. Malhi, J. R. Johnson, F. A. Kaestle, J. G. Lorenz, D. G. Smith.  Mitochondrial DNA and prehistoric settlements: native migrations on the western edge of North America.  Human Biology.  76(1): 55-75.
  • 2003.  R. S. Malhi, H. M. Mortenson, J. A. Eshleman, B. M. Kemp, J. G. Lorenz, F. A. Kaestle, J. R. Johnson, C. Gorodezky, D. G. Smith.  Native American mtDNA prehistory in the American Southwest.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology.  120(2):108-124.
  • 2002.  R. S. Malhi, J. A. Eshleman, J. A. Greenberg, D. A. Weiss, B. A. Schultz Shook, F. A. Kaestle, J. G. Lorenz, B. M. Kemp, J. R. Johnson, and D. G. Smith.  The structure of diversity within New World mtDNA haplogroups: Implications for the prehistory of North America.  American Journal of Human Genetics.  70: 905-919.
  • 2002. Bennett AJ, Lesch KP, Heils A, Long JC, Lorenz JG, Shoaf SE, Champoux M, Suomi SJ, Linnoila MV, Higley JD.  Early experience and serotonin transporter gene variation interact to influence primate CNS function.  Molecular Psychiatry 7(1): 118-122.
  • 2001.  B. K. Rolfs, J. G. Lorenz, C. C. Wu, N. W. Lerche, and D. G. Smith.  Mamu-DQA1 allele and genotype frequencies in a randomly sampled breeding colony of rhesus macaques.  Comparative Medicine 51(2): 156-162.
  • 2000.  David Glenn Smith, Joseph Lorenz, Becky K. Rolfs, Robert L. Bettinger, Brian Green, Jason Eshleman, Beth Schultz and Ripan Malhi.  Implications of the Distribution of Albumin Naskapi and Albumin Mexico for New World Prehistory. . American Journal of Physical Anthropology 111:557-572.
  • 2000.  Claudia Fahlke, Joseph G. Lorenz, Jeffrey Long, Maribeth Champoux, Stephen J. Suomi, and J. Dee Higley.  Rearing Experiences and Stress-induced Plasma Cortisol as Early Risk Factors for Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Nonhuman Primates.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 24(5):644-650.
  • 2000.  Jeffrey C. Long and Joseph G. Lorenz.  Genetic Polymorphism and American Indian Origins, Affinities, and Health.  pp. 122-137.  In: The Health of American Indians and Alaska Natives, Rhoades, ER (ed.), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 1999.  Frederika A. Kaestle, Joseph G. Lorenz and David G. Smith.  Molecular Genetics and The Numic Expansion: A Molecular Investigation of the Prehistoric Inhabitants of Stillwater Marsh.  In: Prehistoric Lifeways in the Great Basin Wetlands.  Hemphill, B and Larsen, CS (eds.), Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

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